Modi govt may open new avenues to grow relations with Iran: Indian Academician

New Delhi, May 26, IRNA – An eminent Indian academician Sunday said that hopefully Narendra Modi govt might open new avenues to grow relations with Iran.
 In an exclusive interview with IRNA, Professor Basir Ahmed Khan, former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi said: “I am optimistic that Narendra Modi, who will be sworn in as India’s 15th Prime Minister tomorrow, will take a bold approach and will not only open new avenues but institutionalize them to foster relations with the Persian Gulf nation.ˈ

He said that Iran, vital player for maintaining peace and security in the region, must be engaged deeply.

“This will support to the cause of further strengthening relations between the two friendly countries,” added Indian expert.

Maintaining that India and Iran have made huge strides in fostering relations during the past decades, Prof. Basir Khan asserted that both the countries were enjoying the transformation in political, cultural and relations in other fields. But, unfortunately, trade relations are below the potential, exists in between the two friendly relations.

Indian academician stressed that both the countries should pave innovative ways to boost the trade relations up to the potential or even to take it to above of that.

Elaborating his statement, Prof Basir said: ˈOn one hand Iran is a challenging market with excellent business opportunities for a large number of Indian goods and services. While on other hand items, specifically hydrocarbons, in which Iran is strong, and India eagerly required, can be imported from Iran.ˈ

ˈThis double track business will bring the two friendly nations more closer and will also opened doors for other ventures,” Khan further noted.

He went on to add that I am hopeful that Modi government will revive the abandoned 7.4 billion dollars Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project as it is beneficial for India.

By IRNA

 

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